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December

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Sunday Obligation to Attend Holy Mass Restored

The obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation has been restored by Bishop Kopacz, effective June 5, 2021. This means that starting this weekend, all are once again obligated to attend Holy Mass every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and every Holy Day of Obligation.

To willingly choose something else over attending Mass will once again be a mortal sin. Bishop Kopacz reminds everyone, though, that if you are battling illness or a compromised immune system, you are still validly dispensed of the obligation to attend Mass for your safety and the safety of others.


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Protection of Children

The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a concern for children. The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel.

Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and … Continue reading


St. Mary Basilica Photo Archive

Alt Text Inside the bell tower …View slideshow


As Samaritan woman, let us live in light of the Lord

By Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, D.D.
It is with great joy that we begin a formal Year of the Eucharist on this weekend, the Feast of Christ the King. As Catholics we have celebrated the Eucharist or offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for nearly two millennia, always striving to see the extraordinary in what is central to our Christian lives of prayer and worship. … Continue reading


Bishop Gunn’s diary details 1916 poisoning attempt

From the Archives
By Mary Woodward
After last week’s article on the death of our bishops, I received a few inquiries about the arsenic poisoning of Bishop John Edward Gunn, which actually occurred in February 1916 in Chicago instead of 1915 Detroit as previously reported. The event honored Archbishop George Mundelein who was recently appointed as Chicago’s top prelate. Most of Chicago’s “who’s who’s” were there. Bishop Gunn’s description of the event is so vivid that I will let his words paint the scene. … Continue reading


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GOING TO CHURCH

We take a visual tour of historic Mississippi churches. We find faith in a downtown Jackson coffee shop. There is more to St. Mary’s Basilica in Natchez than just amazing architecture. … View video


THE SAINTS OF THE BASILICA

Linked Text Saints biographical sketches, presented by the Liturgy Commission … Read more


Look Back, Look Around, Look Forward

CYCLE C • ADVENT • WEEK 1
By Bishop Robert Barron – November 28, 2021
Friends, many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I’ve never forgotten. It is simply that Advent calls to mind three “comings” of Christ: the first in history, the second now, and the third at the end of time. Meditating upon each of these is a helpful preparation for the holy season upon which we are embarking.

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Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of Theology since 2005. … Father Ron's column


Catechism of the Catholic Church

“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” than the name of Jesus.

“In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can
perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God.”
Pope John Paul II

Catechism of the Catholic Church


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Notable Quotes

Famous Quotes

“In three words I can sum up
everything I've learned about
life: it goes on..” Robert Frost


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